Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North's Team Involved in Quite a Court Battle; JUNIOR BADMINTON

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North's Team Involved in Quite a Court Battle; JUNIOR BADMINTON

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THE annual round of the under-16 event in the Anglo-Scottish Tournament Series took place at Tyneside Badminton Centre.

Eight counties from either side of the border took part over the two days.

The Northumberland team was augmented by reinforcements from Durham but also had to bring in two overage players, which meant some matches had to be conceded.

North had a difficult start against a strong Cheshire team but the initial exchanges were promising with three very close mixed doubles.

However, it was only the third pairing of Alex Jay and Rachel Bogan who took the decider to chalk up the win.

All six singles then went to Cheshire before a strong performance from the first girls' doubles pair of Sarah Wilson and Emily Harrison scored a second point with a very good win.

Murray Wright and Matthew Charteries had a good victory at boys' doubles before Cheshire wrapped up the match 12-3. Next came Yorkshire, always difficult opponents.

The Tykes scored an 11-4 win but this does not do justice to the Northumberland team, which forced nine of the 15 matches into tie-break third ends.

Unfortunately, they could only win three of those through Jonathan Elsdon in the boys' singles, Elsdon and Gyan Chadda in the doubles and Robyn Luckley in the girls'singles.

This was a strong Yorkshire team which went on to win the overall event, so Northumberland's team performance was quite encouraging.

The first afternoon's matches were thought to be winnable - and so it proved.

There was a particularly strong performance against Cumbria ending in a 10-5 victory.

The Wilson/Elsdon and Harrison/Chadda pairings got North going with good two-end wins in the mixed.

This was followed up with singles victories from Lexie Howard, Anna Railton, Murray Wright and Matty Charteries and then four more wins at level doubles. …

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